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William and Maggie Brown


William Buckley Brown, pictured here with his wife, Margaret (née Beverley and known as Maggie), was born in Kinnethmont, Aberdeenshire in 1886 to George Buckley and Isabella Brown. William’s paternal grandparents were John Buckley and Eliza Butler from London, and his Butler great-grandparents were Dublin musical instrument maker George Butler and his wife, Margaret Meade.

William’s father, George, was born in Covent Garden, London in 1861, the youngest child of John, who was also a musical instrument maker, and Dublin-born Eliza. Eliza died when her son George (William’s father) was about three years of age and it appears that John, her husband, may have died not long afterwards, resulting in George's adoption by a Charlotte Brett of Huntly, Aberdeenshire, where George was raised. His siblings remained in London. The exact circumstances of George’s adoption are unknown.

George’s son William, pictured, who was known throughout his life as ‘Buckley Broon’, married Maggie in Aberdeen in 1909 and they had 11 children. William died in 1969 at the age of 82.

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